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NEWS FROM UML - April 5, 2005


A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit and click on "UML in the News."

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Poetry Takes Center Stage at UML

"Hoop Dreams" Author to Speak at UML

Film Series Explores Community Patterns

Does that Domed Arena Have a Glass Ceiling?

Panelists Promote Health Care Literacy

Poetry Takes Center Stage at UML


When:  Wednesday, Apr. 6 and Thursday, Apr. 7

Where:  Coburn Hall 205, UML South, and Boott Cotton Mills, 115 John St., Lowell


The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies will present the inaugural New England Poetry Conference on April 6 and 7 at the Boott Cotton Mills and on campus in Coburn Hall 205. The event will feature readings, panel discussions and a film presentation in conjunction with the CITA film series bring presented on April 7.

Presenters will include David Barber, author of The Spirit Level and staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly; John Burt of Brandeis University, author of Work without Hope and editor of Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren; and UML English Prof. Anthony Szczesiul, author of Radical Politics and Robert Penn Warren's Poetry

All events are free and open to the public. Daytime events will take place in Coburn Hall 205. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit  For more information, contact Prof. Hilary Holladay, conference coordinator and director of the Kerouac Center, 978-934-4195 or

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, 978-934-3232 or

"Hoop Dreams" Author to Speak at UML

When:  Thursday, April 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Campus Recreation Center, Pawtucket Street (across from LeLacheur Park)


            Award-winning journalist and author Bill Reynolds, best known for Hoop Dreams, will speak Thursday at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

            The sports writer for the Providence Journal and acclaimed author of several books on basketball will discuss the state of high school and college basketball in America today. The talk, "Fall River Dreams:  A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for its Soul," also will focus on the high school basketball team's quest for a state championship which was depicted in his non-fiction book Hoop Dreams. 

            It is sponsored by Politics and Sports and the UMass Lowell Athletics Department and funded by the UMass Lowell Bookstore Committee.  For more information, contact Political Science Prof. Jeffrey Gerson at 978-934-4255.

Contact:  Patricia McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238 or


Film Series Explores Community Patterns


When:   Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., April 7, 14, 21 and 28


Where:   Boott Cotton Mills Events Center, 115 John St.,  Lowell



"Patterns of Community Development," a documentary film series, will run every Thursday evening in April, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Events Center in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in downtown Lowell. Admission is free and each evening will feature refreshments and entertainment before the film.

Uprooted, lasting 28 minutes, kicks off the series on April 7. It tells the story of three immigrants to the U.S. who left their homes in Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines after global economic powers devastated their countries. The film raises critical questions about U.S. immigration policy in an era when corporations cross borders at will. 

The evening is co-sponsored by the Lowell Poetry Network and the New England Poetry Conference. Local poets will read from their work prior to the film.

On April 14 the 65-minute Monkey Dance, a new documentary film, will air. It brings audience attention closer to home as it follows the lives of three Cambodian-American teenagers through three years of their lives in Lowell. The three are members of Lowell's Angkor Dance Troupe. A selection of troupe members will perform. Cambodian Expressions and the Angkor Dance Troupe are co-sponsors.

For information on the entire series, visit

Contact:  Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or

Does that Domed Arena Have a Glass Ceiling?


When:  Thursday, April 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Campus Recreation Center, Pawtucket Street, UML East


A panel of women who have gotten ahead in the world of sports will discuss "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Road to the Top for Women in Sports."

Speakers include Kristen Kuliga, an NFL sports agent who represents seven active NFL players. She was the first female agent to negotiate a multimillion-dollar contract for an NFL quarterback - Doug Flutie. Other participants include former Olympic rower, Mary Mazzio, founder and CEO of 50 Eggs Inc., an independent film production company. In 2000, Mazzio received the Women's Sports Journalism Award from the Women's Sports Foundation.

Others on the panel include Joanne Merril, Rivier College athletic director; NCAA Division I Women's Basketball official Joanne Aldrich;  Channel 7 Sports weekend news anchor Wendy Nix; and Julie Kahn of WEEI Sports Radio. The event is sponsored by Politics and Sports and the Athletics Department. It is part of the annual recognition of Women, Equality & Sports. 

Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications 978-934-3233,

Panelists Promote Health Care Literacy


When:  Monday, April 11, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Where:  MIL Conference Room, Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell


Dr. Rima Rudd from the Harvard School of Public Health will discuss the practical implications of healthy literacy in health care, work, home and the environment. Rudd is the lead researcher for the national center for the study of adult learning and literacy.

A panel of community representatives also will share their own health literacy work. Presenters include:

·        Jean Carmel St.-Juste, Massachusetts Coalitions for Health and Safety (MASSCOSH), Dorchester,

·        Patrick Scollin, UMass Lowell, School of Health and Environment

·        Gretchen Latowski, Casa Salud, Lawrence

·        Sidney Liang and Betty Inco, Cambodian Community Health, Lowell Community Health Center


Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, (978) 934-3233 or


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